Everything You Need To Know About Nomadland Director Chloé Zhao

The director made history at this year's Oscars.

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by Bonnie McLaren |

Chloé Zhao was expected to win big at this year's Oscars - and she did not disappoint. The filmmaker not only won best director, but made history by becoming the first woman of colour - and only the second woman at all - to win the award. Chloé is the director behind Nomadland, which also picked up best film and best actress, which went to the film's lead Frances McDormand.

The director's wins were hardly a surprise, as prior to the Oscars, she had already won Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards and British Academy Film Awards. Here's your need to know on the extremely talented director.

Who is Chloé Zhao?

Chloé Zhao is a Chinese-American filmmaker, who was born on March 31, 1982. She is behind US independent films Songs My Brother Taught Me, The Rider and Nomadland. She edited and produced these films as well as directing; talk about multi-talented.

She lives in California with her partner and cinematographer, Joshua James Richards, three chickens and two dogs. She's clearly in demand, as her next project is going to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Eternals which is set to be released in November 2021 and stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan and Richard Madden.

She has become something of a style crush during award season due to her tendency to accept prizes in casual plaid shirts or baseball caps. And the Oscars were no different, as she rocked a pair of trainers. She's a woman after our own hearts.

What other women have won Best Director?

This year's Oscars were historic because, for the first time, there were two women nominated for Best Director. As well as Chloé, Emerald Fennell has been nominated for Best Director for Promising Young Woman. Before Chloé's win, the only other woman to pick up Best Director was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker.

How can you watch Nomadland in the UK?

Yep, sorry - but we have to wait a little while to catch it. The film will be released on Star on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland on Friday 30 April. It will then be screened in cinemas in the UK and Ireland from May 17.

Is Nomadland based on a true story?

Kind of, sort of. The film centres on Fern - aka Frances McDormand {:rel=nofollow}- a woman who leaves her hometown in Nevada after her husband dies and the sole industry closes down, and then travels around the US in search of seasonal work. Fern is not a real person, but the film is based on Jessica Bruder's non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, which follows the trend of older Americans moving around the country for seasonal jobs.

The film also features real-life nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells - acting as fictionalised versions of themselves - so it's easy to see why people can think it's a documentary.

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